Friday, October 31, 2014
This Sunday at 8:30 a.m. there will be a Sung Mass for the feast of All Souls at Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C., according to Divine Worship, the order of Mass approved for the Personal Ordinariates. The music will be Gabriel Fauré's setting of the Requiem Mass. Next week marks the fifth anniversary of the promulgation of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, establishing the ordinariates. All are welcome to join us as we honor and pray for our faithful departed.
During the summer I was fortunate enough to visit this church. One has an immediate and very tangible sense of devotion as one walks through the door, from the centre of busy Manhattan into the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. There were many kneeling in silent adoration during Exposition and there were hundreds of devotional candles lit in front of numerous statues of Our Lady and the Saints. I took this photo on my phone while I was there and it has been my 'wallpaper' ever since. I had heard about Holy Innocents but I hadn't realised what a special place it is, and I look forward to returning there soon.
On Monday, November 3, there will be an All Souls’ Day Requiem High Mass (EF) at 7:00 PM at St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Mass setting is Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Requiem a 4 Voices and Gregorian chant. The choir will be directed by Heath Morber and consist of students of the university. The Mass is being organized by the Knights of Columbus Illini Council and Una Voce Illini. Father Scott Archer will be the celebrant. For more details on the Mass, please visit www.unavoceillini.org or the Facebook event page here.
Here are two notices from places with special events for both All Saints’ and All Souls’; there will be another post later today for events just on All Souls’.
Events sponsored by the St Agnes Institute and Juventutem; see poster below, and the website of the St Agnes Institute here and here.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2
The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (Ordinary Form)
11:00 am — Latin High Mass in the Ordinary Form
Celebrant and Homilist - Rev. C. Frank Phillips, C.R.
Requiem, Op.9, Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Ensemble Cor et Vox
Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC, Director
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3
All Soul's Day (Extraordinary Form)
7:30 pm - Pontifical Latin High Mass
Celebrant and Homilist - Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Requiem, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
Beati Mortui, Felix Mendelssohn-Barthody (1809 – 1847)
Ave Verum Corpus, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)
St. Cecilia Choir and Orchestra
Daniel V. Robinson, Director
Here are some photos from previous years:
Solemn Requiem Mass, co-sponsored with the New York Purgatorial Society and the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny, will be offered next Thursday, November 6th at the Church of St. Agnes in Manhattan.
The Mass will be offered for our deceased family members, friends, and fellow artists. Please send names of intentions in a reply to this email. All the names will be given to the priest offering the Mass, and placed in the catafalque.
The Schola Cantorum of St. Agnes, led by James Wetzel, will sing Duarte Lobo's glorious Renaissance setting for 8 voices, Missa pro Defunctis (Requiem à 8).
We look forward to seeing you there!
Church of St. Agnes
143 E. 43rd Street
(between Lexington and 3rd Ave)
New York, NY
Upcoming Events for All Saints and All Souls - Sleepy Eye MN; Brooklyn NY; Norwich, England; East Providence RIGregory DiPippo
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
St. Paul’s Choir School, located just off the Harvard campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has recently released a Christmas album with AimHigher Recordings (Universal), a sister label of De Montfort Music, which is trending to the top of the classical charts. The school has also been the subject of a few shows on EWTN, most recently the latest episode of the The World Over with Raymond Arroyo. Check out the excellent profile of the school and boys in the clip below.
An episode of Extraordinary Faith also featured the school a few months back, and the complete episode is available on EFTV's website.
|Fr. Kromholtz celebrating 1st Saturday Mass|
This Missa Cantata will be at Saint Albert the Great Priory Chapel, 6172 Chabot Road, Oakland CA, 94618, November 1, at 10:00 a.m., and recitation of the Marian Rosary will immediately follow it. Visitors and guests are welcome; pew booklets with the text of Mass in Latin and English will be provided. Those driving to the Mass may park in the Tennis Court Parking Lot next to the chapel. St. Albert the Great Priory is three blocks from the Rockridge BART station, just go north three blocks to Chabot Road, turn right and walk half a block and you will see the chapel on your right.
The whole Mass is sung - so the priest intones, and the choir responds on behalf of the congregation. The recording has been done by the Chicago-based Schola Cantorum of St. Peter the Apostle, under the direction of conductor J. Michael Thompson.
This has been released to rave reviews from his fellow musicians; see for example comments from musicians and bloggers, including our own Peter K at the Chant Cafe, here. Charles Culbreth, a nationally respected choir director and composer, who has been a regular contributor at Chant Cafe and an important voice over the years in the Church Music Association of America commented ‘With the consistency of his expertise with Byzantine homophony, combined with near perfection and sheer genius of the harmonic/melodic construct of Paul Jernberg’s setting, it cannot be just coincidence that Palestrina’s patron bears the dedication of this Mass.’
While studying documents which are almost 1000 years old, a colleague from Sweden asked him about the particular handwriting style of a well-known monk, Adémar de Chabannes (c. 989-1034). It seems a section of the musical manuscript text was written by Adémar. The handwriting was confirmed by another colleague from Boston who was studying the monk for historical reasons. Suddenly Professor Grier realized that not only was that passage in the monk’s handwriting, but also the musical notation in that passage, and indeed throughout the entire manuscript. The discovery has been reported in Journal of the American Musicological Society.You can read the full article, and listen to an interview with Prof. Grier explaining the discovery and its importance, by clicking this link to the original article.
The article below was written by student Marlene Schuler, Class of 2017. In this Amy describes how this will be done through members of the parish volunteering their time to lay the tiles. She told me in addition that these professional tilers had also managed to negotiate a deal with the tile supplier, who offered them a good price simply because he was intrigued by how unusual this project is. This is the sort of result that makes it all worthwhile for me. I’m sure Amy will do a great job!
Another point is that, although the article doesn’t say so, as this is done on a limited budget, they would welcome donations to go towards the finished floor. So here’s your chance to contribute to the rebuilding of Catholic culture. Contact me if you would like to donate and I will put you in touch with Amy and the church.
Anyway here is Marlene's article, which was headed: Rebuilding Catholic Culture, One Tile at a Time
What inspired you to start this project?
Initially, it was the Way of Beauty program in freshman year. Then, it was furthered by going to Rome and seeing the Cosmati floors in person; in particular, the floors of San Benedetto and Santa Maria in Trastevere.
In the second semester of freshman year, Mr. Clayton focuses in on Euclid’s geometry and how it is applied in various art forms. At the end of the semester, we were asked to design a Cosmati floor using the techniques we were taught through the program. I was so struck by how easy this project was and how beautiful the floors turned out; which was incredible for me, because I have never been able to draw. Currently, I am taking the St. Luke art guild in which Mr. Clayton is able to help me with the design of the floor!
Where are you in the process of design?
I’m in the middle of designing the floor right now. Once I finish the design and our parish has raised the necessary funds for the floor, the project will begin. There are several parishioners who have offered to donate their time, talents, and materials to lay the floor. It’s going to be local parishioners and people from our town (including non-Catholics) all working together on the floor, cutting and laying the tile…. it’ll be like medieval times, when everyone from the village helped out. I am also designing a website whereby people can donate to the project to help purchase the tile. I am hoping to have the website up and running by the end of this semester.
|Student work based on traditional cosmatesque designs|
Monday, October 27, 2014
Talk given after Mass for the Feast on October 21, 2014, by Juventutem DC leader Daniela Petchik
[Juventutem DC recently sponsored a mass in the Extraordinary Form at St. Mary, Mother of God Catholic Church in Washington, D.C., on the feast of Blessed Karl of Austria (October 21). A reception followed, with speakers H.I.R.H. Prince Bertrand of Orleans-Braganza, the Prince Imperial of Brazil (Vassouras Line); Raymond de Souza; and Juventutem DC leader Daniela Petchik. Miss Petchik was kind enough to provide us with her own remarks, which serve as a thoughtful meditation not only on traditional piety but its relationship to Blessed Karl and to young people devoted to the Extraordinary Form everywhere.]
He was a king—but don’t be misled by his royalty. The fact that he was royalty was a hindrance, not a help. Often the marriages of royalty are ones where the husband disappears off to conduct business. And how many monarchs had affairs? Bl. Karl never did that. What is unique about his royal marriage is that it seems it was a marriage of love and commonality of mind.
In fact, his royalty made it a lot harder for him. There are few royalty who are canonized. Several queens make the list, but it is threadbare for actual ruling monarchs: St. Louis the King of France, St. Edward the Confessor, St. Wenceslas. Or Bl. Karl’s first predecessor, St. Stephen of Hungary, whose crown Bl. Karl received when he ascended the throne.
Let’s understand the magnitude of that. How many monarchs have there been over the last 2,000 years? So few are canonized—and most monarchs are not worth canonizing. Rather than being saints themselves, often they have made saints by creating martyrs: St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher, St. Stanislaus. “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?” was said of St. Thomas Becket. More often monarchs are doing that kind of thing rather than living the kind of life Bl. Karl did.
On top of that, Bl. Karl had a war to conduct. Then, after it was over, he had nothing at all. He had to flee the country.
Likewise, it is the young people who will be starting families. We can relate to him on that level. Men, try to model yourselves on what he did. Women, focus on raising such men. There is a way you can relate to this saint even if he was royalty. Raising a family is something he has in common with us regardless of our station in life.
This is when monarchy is at its most effective—when monarchs behave in morally admirable ways. Why was Queen Victoria so beloved? Her moral rectitude. Why is Queen Elizabeth II so popular? You never have to open the papers and wonder if you will find something awful she did.
If a leader is supposed to lead—lead other people—it is hard to expect other people to behave the right way when the leader isn’t living a virtuous life. Their effectiveness is compromised somewhat—and this is true whether you’re the leader of a university, a company, or a lay Catholic group; or you’re a diplomat, in the military, or work for the government. Bl. Karl also studied law and political science in Prague, so let’s not forget lawyers and politicians.
Why is it so important to honor Bl. Karl? For starters, he was enough a man of our age, within living memory. We have films of him. There are people living—perhaps some of them in this room—who were alive when he was. In some ways he is one of the last survivors of a dying age, the old Europe, that is still around. He was also around for the birth of the new one.
We also honor him for his family life. He was a successful husband and father. How many of our saints are husbands and fathers? Not many. Most saints are vowed religious. There’s nothing wrong with that of course but it’s nice to have a few that are lay faithful. It’s necessary that there be saints who are accessible to us, in our state in life.
The most important reason we honor him is for his heroic virtue, his sanctity of life.
During Advent he encouraged them to multiply their daily sacrifices. For each one they placed a blade of straw in a manger to warm it with charity for the infant Savior’s coming. One of his last prayers was “Dear Savior, protect our children. Take care of them in body and soul. Let them rather die than commit a mortal sin. Thy will be done. Amen.”
For what purpose has God given you an eternal soul but for you to become a saint?
1. Prayer and living a holy life are the most important things we do. In cathedrals and at improvised altars on battlefields Bl. Karl’s recollection during Mass inspired everyone around him. After Mass he prayed the Veni Creator Spiritus, begging the Holy Ghost to help him with the difficult decisions of his life. He ended every day by singing the Te Deum. “If we receive with thankfulness all the good things from God,” he said, “how much more should we receive even the most painful things with thankfulness.”
2. Make the resolution to give yourself entirely to God. On Bl. Karl’s tomb it says, Fiat voluntas tua, thy will be done. In his own words, “My entire effort is always, in all things, to discern the Will of God as clearly as possible, and to obey it, indeed, even to perfection.”
3. Charity is how we make reparation for our sins. Love the cross and suffering. Make personal sacrifices. “War brought hunger, misery, and death to his people. Bl. Karl and his family went through the same hardships. He organized soup kitchens, used the court’s horses to deliver firewood in Vienna because of the intense winter cold. … He and his family obeyed rationing rules and forbade the use of white bread in his household, ordering it to be given to the sick and the wounded. Soldiers said that food was better on the warfront than in the emperor’s home.”
4. Encourage your neighbor in all that is good, and gently draw him away from anything that is bad. Bl. Karl arranged for the troops to attend Mass and receive the sacraments as often as possible. He provided them with wholesome reading material and recreation centers to discourage immorality during their free time. If he heard that a soldier was falling into sin in a certain place, he would have him transferred somewhere else.
The words that close Psalm 22, the one Our Lord began from the cross in his dying moments, may be fittingly said by Bl. Karl: “To the Lord royalty belongs, the whole world’s homage is his due. Him shall they worship, him only, that are laid to rest in the earth, even from their dust they shall adore. I, too, shall live on in his presence, and beget children to serve him; these to a later age shall speak of the Lord’s name; these to a race that must yet be born shall tell the story of his faithfulness, hear what the Lord did.”
Bl. Karl wore many hats: king, emperor, husband and father in very difficult circumstances. He had so many more demands than we do, and then lived in poverty in exile with only the clothes on his back. That’s a very hard thing to do—and yet he never wavered, never shook from his purpose. His entire life was a great tragedy, and yet it was a great victory too. He never lost his faith and he passed it on to his children. He was steadfast to the end and led an exemplary life. Now he can intercede for us in heaven, as his children.
Blessed Karl, Emperor of Austria, and Servant of God Empress Zita, pray for us.
Posted Monday, October 27, 2014
Dom Mark offers the complete text of this short Apostolic Letter, along with an introduction. Highly recommended.
Dom Mark also devoted a daily reflection (again, with the complete text of the document) to how important the Credo of the People of God was to him in his personal life as a monk living in a confused and volatile period. Published less than a month before Humanae Vitae, the Credo was perhaps the most quickly buried and forgotten document in the history of the Magisterium. It is nevertheless worth revisiting, and is sure to raise more than a few eyebrows when one sees how the creed Paul VI professed, unambiguously reiterating dogma on faith and morals, has been slowly and consistently undermined in subsequent decades.
While we’re speaking about Paul VI, I would like to recommend to NLM readers a newly posted article by my colleague, Dr. Jeremy Holmes, “Saving ‘Pastoral’ from the Wolves”. We are all rightly disturbed, I think, by the serious abuse that has been made of the term ‘pastoral’, and how many acts of negligence and deviations it has covered since the Second Vatican Council. We might, in fact, be tempted to throw the word away. But we do not do well to let the enemies of the Faith seize hold of vocabulary and claim it as their booty. As the Sensible Bond likes to point out (in league with George Orwell and Josef Pieper), language is power, and abuse of language is abuse of power. Dr. Holmes examines the authentic notion of the pastoral, that which has to do with the shepherd truly taking care of his flock by taking them seriously and yet leading them where they need to go. There are some interesting liturgical and moral examples. Check it out.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
|The procession on the Ponte Sant’ Angelo|
|The altar prepared for Mass|
|Prayers before the altar|
Earlier this week at Rorate Caeli, I published an article concerning the transference of this feastday from the last Sunday of October (where Pope Pius XI had originally placed it when he instituted the feast in 1925) to the last Sunday of the liturgical year in the Ordinary Form, which falls at the end of November. Sometimes one hears conservatives who have not studied the subject say: "The differences between the old and new Roman calendars are not so very great; most of the major feasts stayed where they were, some obscure old saints were removed and a number of more recent saints added." But the Feast of Christ the King is a particularly striking example of a major difference, and one that certainly has theological reasons behind it. In my article I attempt to show what's at stake -- and, not surprisingly, it does have a profound relevance for the very issues that are now tossing the barque of Peter like a cork upon the waves.
To read the article, go here.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Aña Peace be with you, fear ye not; bless God, and sing ye unto him.
Psalm O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his mercy is confirmed upon us: and the truth of the Lord remaineth for ever. Glory be. Aña Peace be with you
Chapter When thou didst pray with tears, and didst bury the dead, and didst leave thy dinner, and hide the dead by day in thy house, and bury them by night, I offered thy prayer to the Lord. (Tobias 12, 12)
|The altar decorated with a picture of St Raphael and Tobias, which is normally in the sacristy.|
|One of the coped assistants brings the text of an antiphon to be intoned by a priest in the choir.|